March 16th, 2020

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  • jackkt

Times Quick Cryptic 1570 by Mara

Solving time: 10 minutes. I was a bit slow on the uptake on some of the ideas here but overall found it reasonably straightforward.

As usual definitions are underlined in bold italics, {deletions and substitutions are in curly brackets} and [anagrinds, containment, reversal and other indicators in square ones]. I usually omit all reference to positional indicators unless there is a specific point that requires clarification.

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Ulaca de Milo
  • ulaca

Times 27613 - Vive la révolution!

I started this one off like loo rolls flying off the shelves of Tesco, but was held up by a few pesky ones that the setter had shoved in to keep the speed merchants humble - or not, as we shall find out.

I really must sort my tambourines out from my French dung carts one day. Vingt-deux minutes pour moi.


ACROSS

1 Very rich plant producing wagons and things (7,5)
ROLLING STOCK - ROLLING STOCK
9 Strapping lad initially housed in part of Gt Manchester (5)
BURLY - L[ad] in BURY; flat cap capital of England
10 Having limited calories, get better? Exactly (9)
LITERALLY - LITE (having limited calories) RALLY
11 University invested in Lamb’s complete essays? Praise be! (8)
ALLELUIA - U in ALL ELIA; Elia was Charles Lamb's pen name
12 It may be paid in, including silver (6)
HOMAGE - AG in HOME (in)
13 Medic, female, penning article in a brown study (8)
DREAMILY - A in DR EMILY (random female); no, I had no clue that brown study had anything to do with a dreamy attitude, but it does - or did
15 After most of race, men finally keel over (6)
CAREEN - CAREE[r] [me]N; actually, I thought careen meant career, so I have learned something
17 Fully-developed horse bearing 5? Not half! (6)
MATURE - TU[tu] in MARE; a cross-referencing clue to get some incandescent
18 Drive away racecourse spy in exchange of fire (5-3)
SHOOT-OUT - SHOO TOUT; traditionally, a tout was someone who hung around stables to glean useful information
20 Endlessly regret method securing new airport facility (6)
RUNWAY - N in RU[e] WAY
21 Colourful band finally uses guitarist’s aid left out (8)
SPECTRUM - [use]S P[l]ECTRUM
24 Back a great deal, showing wisdom after the event (9)
HINDSIGHT - HIND (back) SIGHT (a great deal - 'you could have done a sight better, my lad!')
25 Thorny shrub, one accommodated by Remus’s brother (5)
BRIER - I in BRER; referencing the Brer Rabbit stories - nothing lupine here
26 Source of water distributed later in Wales (8,4)
ARTESIAN WELL - anagram* of LATER IN WALES

DOWN

1 Tease players, offering achievement award (7)
RIBBAND - RIB BAND
2 Crown representative’s lad involved with union letter (4,10)
LORD LIEUTENANT - LAD UNION LETTER*
3 Picturesque scene over in Caerphilly district (5)
IDYLL - reverse hidden in the Welsh bit; IDYLL is striving hard for chestnut status
4 Green bird born in French island (8)
GULLIBLE - GULL B (born) in ILE (how you say island in French, weev a leetle circumflex, non?)
5 Express disapproval over posh ballerina’s skirt (4)
TUTU - TUT U; candidate for easiest clue ever
6 Copy poster principally offering cheap diamond (9)
CARBONADO - CARBON (copy) AD (poster - advertisement) O[ffering]
7 Gang leader’s girl touring cool part of France (6-8)
ALSACE-LORRAINE - ACE (cool) in AL'S (gang leader - long chestnutified) LORRAINE (Essex girl's name)
8 Wherefore, reportedly, sci-fi writer briefly identifies winged dragon (6)
WYVERN - sounds like WHY VERN[e] (as in Jules, zee French, 'ow you say, writeur)
14 English cricketer ultimately caught by Germans out for a duck (9)
MERGANSER - E (English) [crickete]R in GERMANS*; I did toy with germanser
16 Bread? It’s served up with tea and a little butter (8)
CHAPATTI - IT reversed (up) on CHA and PAT (une petite beurre)
17 Woman crossing ends of fields much like the Fens (6)
MARSHY - [field]S [muc]H in MARY (our second random female - unless she is Emily's mate)
19 Organ originally borne on large farm cart (7)
TUMBREL - TUM (stomach - not the first organ you think of) B[orne] RE (on) L (large); off with eez 'ead!
22 Copper bar from a Caribbean island (5)
CUBAN - CU BAN
23 Head off unspecified fever (4)
AGUE - [v]AGUE